Have you ever been concerned that your child has ADHD, Anxiety, OCD, or other behavioral or emotional issues? Has your child ever struggled with feeding issues, issues with different textures of clothing, lotions, or textures of foods? If so, you need to read "Raising a Sensory Smart Child" by Lindsey Biel and Nancy Peske! After reading this book, I realized that many emotional and behavioral issues can be the result of what is called Sensory Processing Disorder. In layman's terms, SPD is where a child (or adult) has difficulty in interpreting the different input they receive from all of their senses.
This book helps the reader determine what atypical behaviors are, regarding sensory issues. It also helps the reader learn the difference between unhealthy behavior and sensory issues, breaking down sensory issues into easy to understand categories, with descriptive illustrations of each category. It gives wonderful recommendations on exercises that can easily be done at home for your child, in order to help either "hypersensitive" or "hyposensitive" kids learn to process information better. Even children who do not have Sensory Integration Disorder can benefit from the recommendations in this book that outline the best ways to help you learn your child's unique needs and handle difficult behaviors.
As a therapist, it is invaluable information to have. If a child (or adult) has an underlying sensory processing issue, medications will not be effective. It is SO important to check out behaviors that might be related to sensory processing issues before jumping straight into medication for your child. A qualified professional, such as an Occupational Therapist can help you with an assessment!
Joleen Watson, MS, NCC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. She enjoys doing marriage counseling, relationship counseling, couples counseling, and individual counseling. Imagine Hope also specializes in family, child and adolescent counseling and serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield and Fishers.